Happy and Sad, Like Peanutbutter and Chocolate

Every day for all of my life I’ve been over emotional. That is, until approximately two years ago. Actually, it began slowly about five years ago but for past two years my emotions have been dead…completely gone. My brain has been foggy and I’ve felt like a visitor in foreign land inside of my own body.

I attribute this to many semi-(but common in today’s world)traumatic events occurring in the past thirteen or so years. Telling myself to be strong and tough, to suck it up and not be a cry baby really took hold all of a sudden and I proceeded to be a shell of my former self. My oldest daughter, Paige won’t even watch tear jerker movies with me because I’m like a statue with no emotions but I think that’s about to change.

In the past week or so I catch myself getting weepy at joyous things, sad things…I’m coming back to life! You have to have sadness to be happy, I’ve figured that out. Just like I’m always so paranoid about germs and getting sick…BUT don’t we always feel like a million bucks after recovering fully from a cold or flu? You have to have bad to appreciate the good.

It’s exciting to be excited about feeling life again! I’m looking forward to enjoying things like I used too but appreciating them much, much more!

Saturday, there was a little person here that always brightens our world, Miss Sophia, World’s Best Granddaughter!

Flash Card Fun

You either love or hate flash cards, I adore them! Like everything, all fc are not created equal. I love these from Trend(Jenna took off on the right track immediately!)They are straight forward.

I also make flash cards out of copy paper and Sharpie which is limitless. She’s working on two books and will be reading them completely soon. She’s five in December.

My Mom said I was a wonderful teacher, my reply was that I have a very eager student which is the best case scenario. I consider myself blessed and lucky…and honored.

My Lil Guinea Pig

I’m the mother of a son and two daughters, 21, 14 and 4. It’s been a dream of mine to homeschool and Jenna, who turns 5 in December will be unschooled at home. 

Ever so thankful that the same group of teachers who were mean to my son sixteen years ago infuriated me this summer to prompt my decision. I will be forever grateful.

Alex Spin Art Spinner was an awesome purchase! Jenna loves it and I have a list in my head of cheap refill ideas.

Stack the States Apple App Store App has single handedly taught Jenna every state in the nation, a lot of capitals and landmarks. Stack the States 2 and Stack the Countries are also amazing apps.

We are very much,  in to the “unschool,” approach. Children are capable of teaching themselves if they have an interested, caring adult to give them ideas. It’s a beautiful concept with many roads and paths. My only sadness is that my older two missed out on this kind of learning. Fear of not giving children cookie cutter educations is no longer something that enters my mind.